Quarter One Update – Pt. 2

So this post is long overdue. I teased you all on my original post about how great things are happening  for me and how my journey is proving successful and then I left you hanging! Well, I’d like to finally formally announce my new path in life. They are two-fold and complement each other while at the same time honoring all of my passions! Isn’t it amazing how everything comes together?

First, I am currently in school to become a CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH. Secondly, I  am now a CERTIFIED WELLNESS & MEDICAL TRAVEL SPECIALIST.  In the about section of my blog, I talk about how “this blog will showcase my commitment to pursuing my passions and seeing what manifests over the course of a year. The topics on my blog are what I’m most passionate about — Travel (mind), Food & Nutrition (body), and Spirituality (soul).” Let me tackle each of these passionate areas to discuss how my faith journey is manifesting exactly what I requested.

Travel – I am already a Certified Travel Agent and have been for a few years. But, with my new certification I have a niche that will complement my health coaching business. The idea behind that is to plan wellness retreats for my health coaching business, help others plan spa and wellness vacations, and work with individuals interested in taking trips for medical purposes. This last part, medical travel, is becoming very popular and with the state of our health insurance in the USA, it is becoming a viable option in order to get medical procedures done at a reasonable cost. Major companies such as Walmart, Pepsico and Lowe’s already offer it to their employees as part of their health benefit.

Food & Nutrition – Food has been a passion of mine forever. I’ve always loved GOOD food. I can go into a Whole Foods or a specialty food gourmet store and linger for hours. I’m an avid ingredient reader and make sure that the majority of the food that I purchase and consume is healthy. Becoming a health coach would allow me to help others in their quest to be healthy. The program I am going through actually teaches Integrative Nutrition meaning it’s more than just the food you eat. To be completely healthy you’ll need to also look at other aspects of your life — your career, your physical activity level, your spiritual life, your relationships — to ensure that your whole self is well. It definitely takes a holistic approach to wellness. In case you are interested in learning more for yourself, see Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Spirituality – Even though the health coaching’s focus is on wellness, spirituality plays a role in your well being so I would be helping others with that. But, this blog has always been a platform for me to help others in a spiritual sense. I’m not talking about any religion or certain rules that you should follow. I’m talking about looking within yourself and following your intuition and being the best “you” that you can be. I’m talking about taking charge of your life and having gratitude along the way. I’m talking about attracting more of what you want and distancing yourself from what you don’t. Realize your worth and what you have to offer to this world to make it a better place.

So, as you can see it is all starting to come together. When I started this blog on May 24, 2013 I didn’t know what my next career move would be. I just knew that the direction I was going in wasn’t it. I only knew what I loved and what I was passionate about so I immersed myself in those things and started actively doing those things. I spent more time doing and less time hoping. It is so awesome how the universe aligns and works to give you exactly what you want and need once you put your mind to it and take the initiative.

I can’t wait to share what may manifest at my six month update!


3-Week Detox

zenI decided to start my detox again on Monday. Coincidentally, or rather “in the right time”, I also received an email invitation from Deepak Chopra to begin a 15-Step Healing Rhythms Program where they will teach you to “learn breathing and mindfulness techniques that will help you to quiet your mind, release physical tension and enrich the most important relationships in your life.” This combined with the detox should help me get centered.

I’ve been struggling with making the time each morning to meditate. I realize that when I don’t, I’m struggling making the time for the other things that I set out to do each morning — journal, exercise, etc. Part of the struggle is that I’ve been going to bed late which means getting up late. Getting up late means trying to do more in less time so I cut myself out. Well, I can’t do this any longer. I’m working from home so what’s the problem??? This must be why they say that even if you work from home you need to stick to a schedule. I’m hoping this will jump start me to daily meditation sessions.

When I did the Oprah/Deepak 21-day Meditation Challenge, I actually looked forward to receiving an email every morning that linked me over to a fully guided meditation. Afterwards, I would journal. That really made a big difference. It was like meditation and journal writing 101. It gave me a great baseline to start doing it on my own. On the 22nd day there was actually a bonus meditation and on the 23rd day, I was lost! I tried to do it on my own, but found it difficult. I could journal fine, but the meditating part was still not 100% comfortable to me. I think it would’ve helped had I at least had the soothing music in the background. Well, now I’ll be better prepared and after this 15 days is over I will have a plan in place. I’ll also start utilizing the templates I made earlier in this experiment and see how those work.

The detox I’ll be doing is the one I mentioned in another post, Lose Weight Without Working Out. It is a vegan diet that doesn’t allow for white carbs so even though rice and pasta are vegan foods, I would have to do brown rice and whole wheat or spinach pasta. This is all fine by me as I don’t eat white carbs anyway except the occasional white potato. I think I’ll also be transitioning to becoming a vegetarian. Really, more vegan than vegetarian because I don’t really do dairy too much, but there will be times when I will so I won’t say vegan.

I won’t say that immediately after the 3-weeks, I’m going to be a vegetarian but I’m definitely leaning that way. I’ve been cutting back on meat already and when I have it, it doesn’t give me great joy or anything. I feel that I can do without. I’ll really see during the detox. Whenever you are dieting, that’s when you crave what you can’t have. Of course, I can always go back and watch those eye-opening food documentaries to keep me focused: Vegucated, Forks Over Knives and Food, Inc. [Side note: I love food documentaries, so if you have suggestions send them my way!]

So, as usual I will keep you posted. If you’d like to sign up for the 15-day healing program here is a link: http://www.mentorschannel.com/bestsellers/LandingPage.aspx?BookId=177.  Let me know if you sign up and keep me apprised of your progress. Remember, accountability will keep you more motivated.


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